There are 6 ways to get from Taupo to Kaikoura by bus, ferry, train, car or plane

Select an option below to see step-by-step directions and to compare ticket prices and travel times in Rome2rio's travel planner.

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Bus, ferry  •  13 h 42 min

  1. Take the bus from Taupo to Johnsonville
  2. Take the ferry from Wellington - Central to Picton
  3. Take the bus from Picton to Kaikoura

$66 - $125

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Bus, ferry, train  •  13 h 46 min

  1. Take the bus from Taupo to Johnsonville
  2. Take the ferry from Wellington - Central to Picton
  3. Take the train from Picton to Kaikoura

Drive, ferry  •  14 h 13 min

  1. Drive from Taupo to Wellington - Central
  2. Take the ferry from Wellington - Central to Picton
  3. Drive from Picton to Kaikoura

$150 - $218

Fly Taupo to Blenheim, train  •  7 h 31 min

  1. Fly from Taupo (TUO) to Blenheim (BHE) TUO - BHE
  2. Take the train from Blenheim to Kaikoura

Fly Taupo to Nelson, bus, train  •  8 h 55 min

  1. Fly from Taupo (TUO) to Nelson (NSN) TUO - NSN
  2. Take the bus from Paradiso Backpackers to Blenheim
  3. Take the train from Blenheim to Kaikoura

Bus to Rotorua, fly to Christchurch, train  •  8 h 59 min

  1. Take the bus from Taupo to Rotorua Airport
  2. Fly from Rotorua (ROT) to Christchurch (CHC) ROT - CHC
  3. Take the train from Rangiora to Kaikoura

Questions & Answers

The distance between Taupo and Kaikoura is 460 km.

The best way to get from Taupo to Kaikoura without a car is to bus and ferry which takes 13 h 42 min and costs .

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It takes approximately 13 h 42 min to get from Taupo to Kaikoura, including transfers.

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There is no direct flight from Taupo Airport to Blenheim Airport. The quickest flight takes 3 h 15 min and has one stopover.

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Sounds Air and Air New Zealand offer flights from Taupo Airport to Blenheim Airport.

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There are 56+ hotels available in Kaikoura. Prices start at $78 USD per night.

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The best way to get from Taupo to Taupo Airport is to taxi which takes 9 min and costs .

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Map of how to get from Taupo to Kaikoura.
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  • Distance: 287.8 miles
  • Duration: 13 h 42 min

What companies run services between Taupo, New Zealand and Kaikoura, Canterbury, New Zealand?

There is no direct connection from Taupo to Kaikoura. However, you can take the bus to Johnsonville, take the walk to Johnsonville - Stop B, take the line 1 bus to Hutt Road at Aotea Quay, take the walk to Wellington - Central, take the ferry to Picton, then take the bus to Kaikoura. Alternatively, you can take a vehicle from Taupo to Kaikoura via Johnsonville, Johnsonville - Stop B, Hutt Road at Aotea Quay, Wellington - Central, Picton, and Picton in around 13 h 46 min.

Airlines
Air New Zealand
Website
airnewzealand.com
Flights from Taupo to Blenheim via Auckland
Ave. Duration
4 h 57 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$100 - $440
Flights from Taupo to Blenheim via Auckland, Wellington
Ave. Duration
6 h 10 min
When
Friday
Estimated price
$100 - $450
Flights from Taupo to Nelson via Auckland
Ave. Duration
3 h 26 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$100 - $420
Flights from Taupo to Nelson via Auckland, Christchurch
Ave. Duration
5 h 25 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$130 - $550
Flights from Taupo to Nelson via Auckland, Wellington
Ave. Duration
5 h 17 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$100 - $450
Flights from Rotorua to Christchurch
Ave. Duration
1 h 50 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$110 - $460
Flights from Rotorua to Christchurch via Auckland
Ave. Duration
3 h 21 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$110 - $460
Flights from Rotorua to Christchurch via Wellington
Ave. Duration
3 h 6 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$110 - $460
Sounds Air
Website
soundsair.com
Flights from Taupo to Blenheim via Wellington
Ave. Duration
3 h 15 min
When
Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$260 - $350
Flights from Taupo to Nelson via Wellington
Ave. Duration
3 h
When
Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$280 - $340
Train operators
KiwiRail Coastal Pacific
Website
kiwirailscenic.co.nz
Train from Picton to Kaikoura
Ave. Duration
2 h 25 min
Frequency
Once daily
Schedules at
kiwirailscenic.co.nz
Train from Blenheim to Kaikoura
Ave. Duration
1 h 58 min
Frequency
Once daily
Schedules at
kiwirailscenic.co.nz
Train from Rangiora to Kaikoura
Ave. Duration
2 h 25 min
Frequency
Once daily
Schedules at
kiwirailscenic.co.nz
Bus operators
InterCity Coachlines
Website
intercity.co.nz
Bus from Taupo to Johnsonville
Ave. Duration
5 h 54 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$17 - $45
Schedules at
intercity.co.nz
Bus from Picton to Kaikoura
Ave. Duration
2 h 25 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$11 - $29
Schedules at
intercity.co.nz
Bus from Paradiso Backpackers to Blenheim
Ave. Duration
1 h 37 min
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
$10 - $25
Schedules at
intercity.co.nz
Bus from Taupo to Rotorua Airport
Ave. Duration
1 h 20 min
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
$10 - $24
Schedules at
intercity.co.nz
Ferry operators
Interislander
Phone
+64 800 802 802
Website
interislander.co.nz
Ferry from Wellington - Central to Picton
Ave. Duration
3 h 10 min
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
$35 - $50
Schedules at
intercity.co.nz
Web Saver
$36
Saver Change
$43
Easy Change
$49

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